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Hutaree militia defendant pleads guilty in Michigan

DETROIT (Reuters) – One of nine members of a Midwestern militia group that prosecutors have accused of plotting to kill police to spark a wider war against the U.S. government pleaded guilty on Monday to weapons charges, prosecutors said. Joshua John Clough, 29, formerly of Blissfield Township, Michigan, was among…

FAA chief charged with drunk driving: police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top aviation safety official was arrested over the weekend and charged with drunken driving, police said. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt, 65, was pulled over on Saturday night in Fairfax, Virginia, for driving on the wrong side of the road, a police statement said.…

Many Americans already done with holiday shopping

(Reuters) – More than a third of U.S. shoppers are already done with most of their holiday shopping, a survey showed on Monday, signaling that retailers need to offer bigger incentives to win sales in the few weeks before Christmas. The findings underscore the fragility of the U.S. recovery, since…

Two claim sexual abuse by former Red Sox staffer

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two men came forward on Monday to accuse a now-deceased Red Sox official of sexually abusing them two decades ago when they were teenagers working for the baseball team. They are the ninth and tenth people to charge former clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005,…

U.S. Postal Service seeks to end next-day mail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service on Monday moved forward with plans to end next-day delivery of letters, postcards and other First Class mail. Also, in a notice filed with its regulator, it sought approval to close more than half of its 461 processing facilities that have been…

U.S. Navy in big biofuel purchase

The US Navy unveiled plans Monday for its biggest-ever biofuel purchase as part of an effort to reduce dependence on imported oil. US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the 450,000 gallons (1.7 million liters) were part of the “largest single purchase of advanced drop-in biofuel in government history.” The biofuel…

NAACP: Voter ID laws a reaction to minority participation

The National Associated for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said Monday that an increase in minority voting is the reason Republicans around the nation are pushing for tougher voter identification laws. In a report titled “Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America,” found states that states…

No indication drone lost in Iran was shot down: Pentagon

The Pentagon said Monday there is no indication that a US drone lost in Iranian territory was shot down, contradicting Tehran’s claims. Iranian media said late Sunday that an RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down after making an incursion into Iran’s eastern airspace. The RQ-170 Sentinel is a high-altitude…

Supreme Court to hear Cheney shoulder-pat case

The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a freedom of expression case involving an opponent of the Iraq war arrested for touching the shoulder of then-vice president Dick Cheney. The justices said they would hear arguments in the case of Steven Howards, arrested in 2006 by Secret Service agents…

U.S. service sector slows in November

Growth in the US service sector slowed in November from the previous month, underscoring the easing trend since the beginning of the year, according to a closely watched index released Monday. The Institute of Supply Management said that service sector purchasing and supply executives reported a rise in new orders…

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